Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting on Invaded

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers
Expected Publication: February 3, 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe...until a threat to both their worlds reunites them. 

Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.

The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #71: Entice

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Entice (Eagle Elite #3) by Rachel Van Dyken:

Teasers: "That girl," Trace pointed, "is head over heels in love with you. She's just afraid."

If you love mafia love stories, then you'll enjoy this!
What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

~COVER REVEAL~

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) 
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication: December 8, 2014
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
About Jennifer L. Armentrout:
 #1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author began in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories...which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen, and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and new adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by EntangledBrazen and HarperCollins.

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This post is part of the InkSlingerPR cover reveal.

The Kiss of Deception - Review

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)

By: Mary E. Pearson

Published: July 8, 2014 by Henry Holt

492 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
MY REVIEW:
What a fantastic fantasy story! I thoroughly enjoyed it and the near 500 pages rushed by quickly.

Seeing as how the story is told from multiple POV's, Lia, the assassin, the prince, and later others, I was taking notes along the way trying to figure out who the mysterious strangers are.

Lia is a princess, the first born daughter of the house of Morrighan and as such she has been arranged to marry the prince from a neighboring country to form an alliance between them. Not wanting to be a pawn in her father's military, and desperately wanting to marry for love, she flees on her wedding day escaping to a town that's a weeks horse ride away. While she is living this new life of an average bar maiden, unbeknownst to her, an assassin is after her and the prince she was arranged to marry is as well. The reader is taken on quite the journey, trying to guess who these handsome guys are and what the motives of each are.

There is a strange language used by some of the characters and just as Lia doesn't understand them, the reader is clueless to what's being said too. I couldn't tell if it was a made up language or not so I picked a word and tried to translate it but to no avail. (shakes fist at the made up language genius!)

This story rivaled my affections for the adult fantasy series The Song of Ice and Fire. If you're a fan of big world building, interesting characters that make you question where their loyalties lie and if there's more than meets the eye to them, then you will surely enjoy this new YA fantasy series! This is one story I'd love to see come to the big screen too!

Favorite Quotes:
I tried to imagine someone who hungered for the same things I did and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me, and not because it fulfilled a loveless agreement on paper.

Which truth was more cruel? His deception and betrayal, or his death?

"Deliberate deception is not a mistake. It's calculating and cold,"

That was what I both hated and loved about... He challenged me on everything I said, but he also listened intently. He listened as if every word I said mattered.

Nights like this. They go on and on, outlasting the moon, because they're made of something else, something as quiet as a heartbeat and as sweeping as the wind. For me, tonight would last forever.

Maybe there was no one way to define it. Maybe there were as many shades of love as the blues of the sky.

Final Rating - 4.5 stars!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Post #93

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED OR FREEBIES~
Not a Drop to Drink #1 by Mindy McGinnis
Buy Link: Amazon ($1.99 sale!)
Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:
ARC Thursday Review - Day 21 by Kass Morgan (3.5 stars)

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - TBD
ARC Thursday Review - TBD

Not much news to share. Things have been busy, normal and mostly uneventful. I've been battling a sinus cold all week which is never fun. This weekend we took a (for lack of a better word) over night field trip with our house church group 2.5 hours south to visit another group of friends who also worship out of homes. It was so unique to take a trip like that all together and very beneficial and encouraging for all.

Enjoy your week and your books friends!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

*ARC* Day 21 - Review

Day 21 (The Hundred #2)

By: Kass Morgan

Published: September 16, 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

352 pages

Source: ARC from Netgalley

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.
MY REVIEW:
I didn't realize this book wasn't yet out. Some of the events in the book mimics closely events on the show so I assumed that the book was already released. So imagine my surprise to learn that the release date wasn't until mid September.

Just as book one, this book continues the POV's of Clarke, Bellamy, Wells and Glass. When it's told from each of their perspectives the story has flashbacks in the mix of current occurrences. Since Glass is the only one of these four still on the ship in space, we also get to see what's going on with the colony in addition to what's going on with the hundred on Earth.

My biggest frustration with book one, the time frame continuity, remains the same in this book. Again, there is reference to their being on earth for only 21 days, i.e. three weeks (I mean, the title itself suggests that as well) but yet, time IS passing based on things that are happening - namely the event I refer to is Clarke being gone for 2 days with Bellamy in search of Octavia (Loc 28%). If we follow the time frame mentioned in book one (refer back to my review for details on that HERE), then before we ever reach the end of book one the time frame should've been somewhere between 3-4 weeks on Earth, and yet book two picks up on day 21 (three weeks). This may seem like a small detail to some, but for me, it was such a huge irritation that it distracted me way too much.

Other than that, the story itself is a good one. The Hundred (minus a few by this point) are still trying to survive this new place, a place that is their new home. They thought they were literally the only humans to be back on earth since the cataclysm but what they quickly learn is that not only are there "earthborns" there but there was also apparently another dropship that came down a year ago. More secrets abound as they try to learn how to live on Earth.

I wasn't blown away by anything that happened. There's definite crossover from the book to the show in some areas, and then the show takes a completely different direction in others. At this point I think the show will surpass the books events when it comes back on for season 2. I don't see any time frame for a book 3 to come out, since it isn't even listed on Goodreads yet.

Overall, it's a good read. I enjoyed it well enough. There were 2 twists in the story near the end that I thought were an interesting addition that could lead to more things in the future of the series. Mostly though, I felt it was a slow story that needed more plot twists.

Favorite Quotes:
"Trust me, space boy. This will be worth it."

"It may no longer tick, but it carries the memory of every life it recorded. It beats with the echo of a million heartbeats."

"...we aren't born for ourselves alone. You have to take care of other people."

Final Rating: 3.5 stars
This post is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on The Oathbreaker's Shadow

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

The Oathbreaker's Shadow (The Knots Duology #1) by Amy McCulloch
Expected Publication: February 2015 by Flux (USA)

Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.

Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all - not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.

Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.
I love the originality of this summary. I'm in the mood for some gripping sci-fi/fantasy stories.
What are you waiting on this week?
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